In addition, ISU plans to use EYE-SYNC on a clinical basis as part of its return-to-play concussion management protocol.
“We chose to incorporate EYE-SYNC into our concussion identification and management plan combining it with our existing technology to provide us with quick, objective data assessing potential ocular-motor dysfunction as the initial part of our evaluation process,” says Mark Coberley, director of sports medicine and associate athletics director at Iowa State University, in a media release from SyncThink.
“Utilizing EYE-SYNC with our other technologies is allowing us to more easily identify possible concussions, determine appropriate return to play decisions, and as importantly, target and evaluate identified areas of dysfunction that can be addressed more effectively during the recovery process,” he adds.
EYE-SYNC is designed with VR and eye-tracking technology to objectively measure impairments identified in concussion in just 60 seconds, as well as to assess ocular-motor synchronization deficits and vestibular balance dysfunction. Featuring a cloud-connected, HIPAA-compliant analytics platform, results are delivered immediately to identify functional impairments in real time, enabling immediate remove-from-play decisions to be made, according to the release.
Post-injury, the EYE-SYNC technology can be used to monitor progress and provide confirmation that the impairment has resolved.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for us to partner with an elite institution and athletics department like Iowa State University,” states SyncThink’s Chief Customer Officer Scott Anderson, per the release. “I’m excited for them to see the value our technology will bring to their sidelines and injury clinic, and most importantly to know their student-athletes will be comforted by seeing objectively how their impairments resolve with appropriate treatment, ensuring safe return to sport.”
At ISU, the technology will be used first with the football and wrestling teams. Incorporation within the university’s other athletic programs will follow in the future.